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been an important opportunity for us to really put some considered thought into the proposal. what you have in front of you is better than airplane reading. there are some suggestions in this energy 2020 document that people will look at and they will argue and they will say -- that is one person's view. that is true, that is true. but while we are trying to do is not give you a legislative package starting with initiatives that we are going to kind of clicked off as we move forward. this is really designed to be a discussion blueprint. we want to try to change the conversation. one of the reasons we have to think about changing the conversation is because the energy paradigm has really shifted. think about where we were one decade ago. it was all about scarcity, shortages, and how much dependent we were on foreign sources for our oil. fast forward to where we are today. those once thought of import terminals are looking to the export terminals. we have made considerable gains in terms of our own energy independence, to the point where it is no longer just a slogan that we are talking
these dollars are used for will be used for the restoration of the physical plant that houses or allows those who are americans who pay taxes and are contributing to this nation. i ask my colleagues to consider h.r. 592 and how we can make it better. so that it can go forward and help the places of worship, i thank you and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. >> i wish to yield four minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: i thank the gentleman for yielding, i thank the gentlelady for her strong and passionate remarks, i want to thank congresswoman meng for her support of this bill. let me say a couple of points to my colleagues, i will be submitting for the record a fine seasonal sis for tissue analysis for the beckett fund for religious liberty, a law firm that has done yoman's work on this -- yoeman's work on this, they have written a statement to us members of congress by its leaders, it points out, not only does the establishment clause not support fema's
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